16 Delightfully Creamy White Russian Variations

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White Russian cocktail is like a cup of joe, but with booze. You can also think of it as an adult version of a milkshake, though technically, it’s not shaken. The Kahlua and cream give it a nice smooth and decadent texture, and they both compensate for the vodka’s strong flavor.

This cocktail didn’t originate in Russia, as the name would suggest. “Russian” is just used to represent vodka.

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The White Russian was invented by a bartender named Gustave Tops back in 1949 at the Hotel Metropole in Brussels. It garnered recognition but became a blur until the movie “The Big Lebowski” came out, which reignited its popularity.

There are plenty of ways to make this cool drink, and some might be more elevated. But whatever version you’re trying, the foundation here will surely not disappoint.

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The Best White Russian Variations

1. Classic White Russian Classic White Russian

Ah yes, nothing can beat the classic. They say that the White Russian is made with equal portions of the three ingredients, but some like to alter the measurement depending on their taste.

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. Fill an old-fashioned glass with ice cubes.
  2. Pour in the vodka and Kahlua.
  3. Top it off with the cream.

2. Salted Caramel White Russian 

Salted Caramel White Russian

White Russian on the rocks with salted caramel is pure delight—a treat for all those who have a sweet tooth.

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. In a mixing glass, pour the Kahlua, vodka, and salted caramel syrup. Stir with a bar spoon.
  2. Put some caramel sauce into an old-fashioned glass. Add some ice cubes.
  3. Pour the mixture of Kahlua, vodka, and caramel syrup into the old-fashioned glass.
  4. Add the milk.
  5. Top it off with whipped cream and serve.

3. Peanut Butter White Russian Peanut Butter White Russian

Haven’t had enough of the salted caramel version? This spinoff features the rich taste of peanut butter. We all know that peanut butter goes well with milk but add coffee and vodka to that and you’re in for a treat.

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. Blend the milk, vodka, and peanut butter in a blender.
  2. In an old-fashioned glass filled with ice cubes, pour in the Kahlua.
  3. Add the milk mixture. Stir with a bar spoon.
  4. Garnish the glass with a peanut butter cup.

4. Pumpkin Pie White Russian Pumpkin Pie White Russian

Pumpkin, spice, and everything nice! This cocktail is perfect for fall since it accentuates pumpkin, which is generally associated with this season.

Ingredients

 For the Pumpkin Spice Creamer

To assemble the cocktail

Steps to Make

  1. To make the pumpkin spice creamer, combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a simmer until incorporated. Set aside to cool.
  2. Rim an old-fashioned glass with maple syrup and crushed biscuit. Fill it with ice cubes.
  3. Pour in the vodka and Kahlua. Add the pumpkin spice creamer and stir with a bar spoon.

 5. Cold Foam White Russian Cold Foam White Russian

As the name implies, this White Russian has a foamy and creamy top that resembles a cup of cold cappuccino. It’s simple yet elegant.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 oz Vodka
  • 1.5 oz Kahlua
  • Coffee beans (for garnish)
  • Ice cubes

Steps to Make

  1. Blend the skimmed milk with two ice cubes in a blender until it becomes foamy.
  2. Fill an old-fashioned glass with ice cubes.
  3. Pour the vodka and Kahlua into the glass. Stir with a bar spoon.
  4. Top it off with foamed milk.
  5. Add about three coffee beans on top for garnish.

  6. Cookies and Cream White Russian Cookies and Cream White Russian

Sounds a bit of a detour from cocktails, but this White Russian variation is really delicious. It makes you think of cookies and ice cream. Only it has booze in it, so that adults can have fun too!

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. In a shaker glass, crush two Oreos.
  2. Add ice cubes, vodka, Kahlua, and milk. Shake them up with a shaker.
  3. Rim an old-fashioned glass with honey and crushed Oreos. Fill with ice cubes.
  4. Pour in the mixture and garnish with a whole Oreo.

 7. Chocolate White Russian Chocolate White Russian

Chocolate is one of the best food to indulge in. If you add it into of the most classic cocktails ever, what would you get? DIVINE.

Ingredients

For the chocolate sauce

To assemble the cocktail

Steps to Make

  1. In a saucepan, combine all the ingredients for the chocolate sauce. Bring to a simmer until it thickens a bit and set aside to cool.
  2. Fill an old-fashioned glass with ice cubes and pour in the made chocolate sauce, vodka, Kahlua, and cream. Stir with a bar spoon.
  3. Top with shaved chocolate for garnish.

 8. Vegan White Russian Vegan White Russian

You can't limit something as good as White Russian. That's why everyone should enjoy it. Since this drink calls for cream, it doesn't mean vegans can't have it. There is a special version intended for them so they too can enjoy it.

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. Drizzle chocolate syrup to the inside edges of a Rocks glass.
  2. Fill it with ice cubes. Pour in the other ingredients and stir with a bar spoon.

9. Coconut White Russian Coconut White Russian

This version of White Russian has a hint of beach scenery and features coconut milk instead of cream. This ingredient gives it a more natural flavor, making you want to take this drink to the beach.

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. Fill a rounded glass with ice cubes. Pour in the vodka and Kahlua.
  2. Top with coconut milk. Stir with a bar spoon 

10. Butterscotch White Russian Butterscotch White Russian

Like the Caramel White Russian, the Butterscotch White Russian has pretty much the same ingredients, but it is added with butterscotch schnapps to enhance its flavor.

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. Crush some butterscotch candies. Rim an old-fashioned glass with crushed candy and caramel syrup.
  2. Fill it with ice cubes. Add the remaining ingredients.

11. The Dude’s Delight The Dude’s Delight

The Dude sure likes his White Russians, and he'll appreciate this elevated version even more. This drink is frothy, creamy, light, and a pure delight.

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. Fill a shaker with all the ingredients. Add ice cubes.
  2. Shake them up for about 10 seconds.
  3. Pour the mixture into a coupe glass.
  4. Sprinkle cocoa powder on top for garnish.

 12. The Dude Abides The Dude Abides

This name indeed connects to the movie itself. Although it calls for more ingredients than the regular White Russian, all of them are worth it since they make a splendid concoction with a hint of heat.

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. Start by infusing your vodka with coffee grounds using an ICO dispenser. It calls for two Blue Flag nitrous chargers.
  2. Strain the infused vodka using a sieve and a coffee filter. Set aside.
  3. Pour dark beer into an old-fashioned glass and set it aside.
  4. In a shaker, add the egg white, walnut liqueur, honey syrup, chile liqueur, and the coffee-infused vodka. Dry shake them. Dry shaking is when you shake a cocktail without adding ice, usually when the egg white is among the ingredients.
  5. In a separate shaker, add ice cubes and pour in the mixture. Shake again.
  6. Grab your glass of beer and float the mixture by pouring it over a sieve.

13. The Naughty Dog The Naughty Dog

It sounds a bit weird and off for a cocktail, but its taste will surely make you forget all about its name. It's is a very cool drink, like a combination of Colorado Bulldog and White Russian.

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. In a Collins glass, pour in the Kahlua and rum.
  2. Add Ice cubes and pour in the root beer.
  3. Top it off with heavy cream and stir with a bar spoon.
  4. Grate some fresh nutmeg for garnish.

 14. White Russian Float White Russian Float

This White Russian variant elevates the drink into a creamy float. It is a spectacular dessert beverage that you can prepare for a fancy brunch or dinner.

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. Fill a shaker with vodka, cream, and ice cubes. Shake.
  2. Scoop vanilla ice cream into a cocktail glass. Pour in the mixture.
  3. Top it off with the coffee liqueur.

 15. Chai White Russian  Chai White Russian

This White Russian variation is where alcohol meets tea. It is sublime and makes an excellent dinner drink. The coffee liqueur is replaced with tea, giving it natural flavors - a twist on a classic.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tea bag
  • 2 oz White rum
  • 1 oz Simple syrup
  • 2 oz Light cream
  • Ice cubes

Steps to Make

  1. In a stemless cocktail glass, pour the rum and soak the teabag. Let the two infuse.
  2. Add the simple syrup and ice cubes.
  3. Pour in the cream.

16. Baileys White Russian Baileys White Russian

Irish and Russian in one drink? This cocktail has all of the ingredients required to make a White Russian but add Baileys Irish cream, and it’s a whole new experience.

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. Fill an old-fashioned glass with ice.
  2. Pour in the Baileys, vodka, and Kahlua. Stir with a bar spoon.
  3. Top with milk.
  4. Garnish with a cherry and mint.

Other Easy 3-Ingredient Drinks

The White Russian is very easy to make with very few ingredients required. You can also make other tasty drinks with only three ingredients. Check them out here!

Jameson Whiskey Irish Coffee

Another cocktail on the sweet side that you ought to try is the Jameson Whiskey Irish Coffee. When you try it, you might remember the White Russian because of their similarities, but you will also realize that this drink shines on its own.

Give These White Russian Variants a Try!

If you have seen The Big Lebowski, which was released in 1998, you would know that it prominently featured the White Russian. The main character, Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski, preferred this drink to which he called “Caucasian”. This was also the time when the cocktail had a surge of popularity.

With simple ingredients and simple steps, you can easily make this spectacular cocktail and indulge in it anytime, anywhere. And if you can’t get enough of it, make sure you try these mouthwatering White Russian variations.

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